Just wondering I heard that white boxers were considered rare because there was something wrong in their genes and they were prone to developing blindness or other deformaties? Is this true? What about black boxers? just wondering?
White Boxers are more prone to be deaf then blind, but it is not always the case. I've seen more that were not deaf or blind. There is no such thing as a all black Boxer. Most that you think are black will have at least one or more bark brown brindle strips. The only one that i have seen to be even close to being black was a Boxer named Panda that was a champ a few years back, he was marked like a panda but had only one brown strip on his left side.
All I know is that white boxers are not rare. Some breeders will sell them as rare white boxers to make tons of money on them. As far as black boxers are concerned, years, and years ago there were once black boxers. Today if a boxer looks black, its more than likely a very dark reverse brindle. I have a reverse brindle but she is not dark, you can see the stripes offset by a lighter color.
Technically white Boxers are genetically NOT white....they are either fawn or brindle. They are actually overflashed....you know the white markings you see on alot of Boxers, well the white dogs just have a double dose of that. They are more prone to be blind and deaf as are most white dogs. But there are myths that they are sickly and won't live past two and other things which is a load of crap. They are CERTAINLY not rare, if you breed two flashy dogs together (flashy is the white markings) you will probably get at LEAST one white pup. And black Boxers, ugh that ticks me off to no end. They are either a mixed (they don't have to look mixed to be mixed) or they are EXTREMELY brindle. Black is dominant out of fawn and brindle, meaning it is the color that will always show up in pups. When the majority of these dogs are bred to fawns or lighter brindles, pups end up with stripes. The ones where stripes don't show up are probably the result of a mix. Here is a good site on the genetics of Boxer colors http://www.euro-boxer.com/pages/profiles/boxer_study/boxer_white.html Red and Fawn are the same BTW
My white Boxer lived to be 7 she would of prolly lived longer but my baby was killed in a car accident. She not blind or deaf. My uncles white Boxer lived to be 10 he was not blind or deaf. I don't know the truth to this never really reserched it, but i was told once that breeding white Boxers results in white Boxers that are more prone to be blind or deaf. The gov. of Maine had a offspring of one of my litters who was white and he wasn't blind or deaf. Not saying that they are not more prone to it but in my personal experiences i have only seen one white Boxer that was deaf and i haven't seen any white Boxers that were blind, but i know they are more prone to it.
Echofyesterday, cool site but i would have to disagree with the if you breed 2 white Boxers you will get all white offspring. I have seen a litter of pups from 2 white Boxer and there wasn't a single one white offspring. Also the litter that i got my white Boxer from both of her parents where fawn and they had 4 white offspring out of 7 pups. I know that it is just a study but i find it kind of misleading.
Yes I've seen colored pups from two whites as well. I'm not sure why on the genetics because pups must have the plain gene to be colored but two white parents don't have that....so I think color genetics are a little more complicated than that.....thats not my website BTW....I don't want any confusion :) I think that is just based on the average of about 1-2 white per litter, which I think is fairly acurate. Most of my friends litters rarely have more than 2 white pups per litter. And i've seen a litter 10 pups from two flashy parents be all plain and then the exact opposite. A litter of 11 be ALL white! One of my dogs dams had a litter of 5 white pups, the breeder was hoping for a nice show bitch, and got the white pups. So no show pup, and she couldn't charge for the pups so that litter really sucked to say the least LOL.
White dogs from about all breeds tend to be more prone to health problems than those of other colors of the same breed. The most common health problems found amongst white dogs is blindness and deafness.
White boxers are not rare... My dog just had 7 puppies 5 were mostly white,,, They are very adorablle very healthy ... none of these are deaf and I have never had a blind puppy... My guess it would be a gene just as in humans and can possibly happen to anyone.